Student musicians from Elementary School, Middle School and High School performed on February 24 a rich program of musical pieces, including a march, a classical music piece, some rock’n’roll songs , jazz tunes, theme songs, and musical medleys, as well as a number of solos.
Under the direction of music teacher Robert Fedorak, about 60 students from Grade 5 through Grade 12 captivated a full house of parents, non-parents, faculty and staff with impressive performances of 22 musical compositions. Drama students also contributed to the success of the concert by providing stage lighting.
Making its debut was the 21-member Grade 7 Band, which performed three pieces: Let’s Go Band by Balent, Anasazi, by J. Edmonson and We Will Rock You by May/Sweeney.
The Grade 8 Combo included “budding young rock’n’rollers,” as band director Fedorak described them, adding that in the 1960s, rock’n’roll bands started changing from consisting of just guitars to becoming mixed with brass.
The talented 8th graders rocked the house with renditions of Smoke on the Water by Blackmore/Murtha and Mr B by S. Rogal.
Meanwhile the High School Band enthralled the audience with four pieces: Raiders of the Lost Ark, by Williams/Sweeney, the complex Sabre Dance by Khatchurian/Balent, Liberty Bell, a march by Sousa/Story, and Baby Drives a Fast Car by P.Clark.
The brand-new Jazz Band, which was created this past fall, delighted with an interpretation of Moondance, a Van Morrison/Lopez composition, which Fedorak dedicated to Middle School Principal Phil Wendel, who is a “big Van Morrison fan.” Besame Mucho by Velsquez/Stitzel followed, and then Woodchopper’s Ball by Herman/Sweeney.
Finally the school Orchestra, composed of students and teachers, from across various divisions, performed the older version of the Star Wars theme song (Williams/Sweeney) and a West Side Story medley (Bernstein/Babcock). For the grande finale, the Orchestra delivered Hungarian Dance, a piece by Brahms/Longfield, which captured the audience’s attention, leaving them with broad smiles on their faces and pride welling in their bosoms.